Northern African Wireless Communications June/July 2014: Out of orbit

RSCC has been providing satellite and broadcast services in its home markets since 1967 and is currently renewing its entire orbital fleet.

Eight satellites are expected to go up during 2014-2015, and three of them will have coverage over sub-Saharan Africa:Express- AM6, Express- AM7 and Express- AM8. Given its vast experience and stature, RSCC is clearly not going to come into a market that is facing long - term oversupply. “RSCC plans footprints of its future satellites over Africa very carefully ensuring they fit almost all potential applications and services,” says Andrey Kirillovich, director of integration services and complex projects. “ We have to take into account that different frequency bands are designed to support different applications and services. So [for example], an oversupply of pan-African wide C-band beams does not help to solvethe issue of deploying a cost-effective cellularbackhaul, banking or enterprise network.”

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